A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Health Technician With Ian Gereg of Penn Vet

February 7, 2024 By: NDA Staff
Wildlife health technician Ian Gereg holding a small bear cub.

Did you know there are wildlife health professionals scattered across the country working day and night to keep animals and people safe from wildlife-borne diseases? These good people are truly working on the front lines of wildlife management and it’s likely most people have no idea that it’s happening.

That’s why we invited Wildlife Health Technician, Ian Gereg, to join us on this episode to talk about the wide array of things he and his colleagues work on to keep us and wildlife healthy. He works for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) and is part of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program.

He explains to Nick and The Doctor how he has no idea what he will encounter on a given day and shares stories of some of the craziest things that have happened to him in the field. He also talks about some of the current research he is involved with. The National Deer Association works in partnership with PennVet and the Pennsylvania Game Commission as part of the Wildlife Futures Program, particularly on chronic wasting disease and other deer management related matters.

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